June 26, 2023

Initiating Startup Legislation to Support Palestine’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

SPARK’s collaboration with the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in Palestine and the EU aims to draft a Startup Act, providing a supportive legislative framework for Palestinian startups to thrive.

Startups play an essential role in driving innovation, generating employment, and promoting economic growth. However, for startups to thrive, conducive environments with supportive policies and well-defined legislative framework are essential. Recognising this, SPARK, in collaboration with the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in Palestine, recently organised a national policy event as part of the EU-funded regional programme, From Innovation to Creation. The event initiated discussions and laid the foundation for drafting a Startup Act in Palestine, taking inspiration from similar initiatives in Tunisia led by SPARK’s partner, SMART Capital.

The Importance of Legislation for Startup Ecosystems
Legislation tailored to the specific needs and challenges of startups is vital for nurturing a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. A Startup Act can provide the necessary legal framework and supportive measures that facilitate the establishment, growth, and sustainability of startups. It encompasses policies related to funding, taxation, intellectual property, regulatory requirements, and access to markets, among others. Such legislation creates an enabling environment, instils confidence in entrepreneurs and investors, and encourages the formation and expansion of innovative ventures.

The Palestinian startup ecosystem possesses immense potential for growth and impact. However, several obstacles hinder its progress, including limited access to capital, regulatory complexities, and a challenging economic and political landscape. Recognising these challenges, SPARK, alongside its partners, is committed to cultivating an environment that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation.

Salma Baghdadi from Smart Capital joined the event to share their experiences with Tunisian Startup Act.

The National Policy Event: Building Bridges and Sharing Best Practices

The national policy event served as a pivotal moment in the journey towards drafting a Startup Act in Palestine. Esteemed government representatives from the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, including his Excellency Eng. Osama Sadawi, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment and donor representatives, such as Giacomo Miesroochi, Programme Manager from the European Union, gathered to highlight the EU’s unwavering support for the Palestinian startup ecosystem. Minister Sadawi stated, “We are grateful for the invaluable support from our esteemed NGO partners and donors who champion the growth and success of startups and entrepreneurs in Palestine.”

The focal point of the event revolved around a captivating presentation and insightful discussions led by SMART Capital, who shared their experiences and lessons learned from implementing the successful Start-Up Act in Tunisia. By leveraging Smart Capital’s expertise, best practices can be adapted to the Palestinian context and lay the groundwork for an innovative legislative framework. This collaborative effort aims to develop tailored policies that promote startup formation, foster investment, streamline regulatory procedures, and stimulate innovation-driven economic growth.

Palestinian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, Eng. Osama Sadawi, joined the national policy event remotely.
Giacomo Miesroochi, Programme Manager from the European Union highlighted the EU's support for the Palestinian startup ecosystem.
Dina Almasaied, Country Manager for SPARK in Palestine emphasized SPARK’s role in coordinating between relevant stakeholders of the startup ecosystem.

Looking Ahead

The national policy event marked the first step in an exciting and transformative journey. The partnership between SPARK and the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, and the European Union, along with insights shared by Smart Capital, paves the way for comprehensive discussions, and the drafting of a Startup Act in Palestine. This legislation has the potential to create a thriving startup ecosystem, attract domestic and international investments, and empower Palestinian entrepreneurs to build innovative and globally competitive ventures.

The quest for economic progress and sustainable development in Palestine requires the active participation of startups, as well as supportive policies and a robust legislative framework. With the right legislation in place, Palestinian entrepreneurs can seize opportunities, unleash their innovative potential, and contribute to the country’s economic growth and prosperity.


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